This year's Booker Prize shortlisted titles are being formatted in braille and audio through a partnership with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and the Booker Prize Foundation.
All six books in contention for the prize will now be made available in free accessible formats, and will also be available to download from RNIB’s online library. The winner will be announced in a ceremony broadcast from the BBC’s Radio Theatre on 3rd November from 7.15 p.m. to 8 p.m.
James Bartlett, RNIB reading services manager, said: “It has once again been a pleasure to work with the Booker Prize Foundation to make these prestigious titles accessible for people with sight loss. RNIB strives to make the world a more inclusive place for blind and partially sighted people and it’s so important that books are available in formats that our readers can enjoy. Congratulations and good luck to the shortlisted contenders.”
Eve Smith, secretary of the Booker Prize Foundation, added: “Ensuring that the shortlisted books are available to blind and partially sighted readers is an important priority for us. We know the authors always recognise the importance of this, are delighted it happens, and are keen to be involved in the RNIB Connect Radio interviews. We are very pleased and proud to continue our long-standing collaboration with the RNIB.”
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